It is rare that a story—whether a TV show, movie, or a book—takes me by surprise. I can usually guess the twists before they are revealed. Yet, occasionally, someone manages it and I enjoy the ride even more because of it.
In High as the Heavens, Kate Breslin managed to surprise me more than once. As Eve Marche navigates her job as a nurse, her duties to her family, and her secret missions for her country, she leads a full life. The first surprise comes quickly when a face from her past appears in Brussels (sorry, no spoilers but I can say I liked this twist to the story).
As the story unfolds, you get a sense of the horror and heartache that Eve (and others immersed in a war they wanted no part of) have endured. Events that changed them, that broke them. Yet Eve is determined to continue to aid her country in every way she can.
The tension and intrigue mount as Eve attempts to save the pilot and get him to safety while tasked with completing his mission.
High as the Heavens is an excellent WWI story of spies, lovers, family, and hope.
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In 1917, Evelyn Marche is just one of many women who has been widowed by the war. A British nurse trapped in German-occupied Brussels, she spends her days working at a hospital and her nights as a waitress in her aunt and uncle’s café. Eve also has a carefully guarded secret keeping her in constant danger: She’s a spy working for a Belgian resistance group in league with the British Secret Service.
When a British plane crashes in Brussels Park, Eve is the first to reach the downed plane and is shocked to discover she recognizes the badly injured pilot. British RFC Captain Simon Forrester is now a prisoner of war, and Eve knows he could be shot as a spy at any time. She risks her own life to hide him from the Germans, but as the danger mounts and the secrets between them grow, their chance of survival looks grim. And even if they do make it out alive, the truth of what lies between them may be more than any love can overcome.